Here are some Toyota Prado issues and common problems that you can check for before buying a used Prado so you don’t buy a lemon.
Make sure you know what you’re really buying and don’t just accept every Toyota is the same – unbreakable!
The Prado I inspected below belongs in the Lemon category because as you can see from the images below the vehicle looks good from a distance but when you get up closer and start inspecting things start to get ugly.
Most Toyota Prado, petrol or diesel are fundamentally good – they go well, they are safe, durable, reliable and very profitable for the manufacturer but they do have their common faults.
2004 Toyota Prado Common Problems
From new cracking dashboards were a common problem and they were replacing them under warranty so make sure you lift the dashboard protector is fitted to the Prado you’re inspecting, as I did with this one.
Another common problem is the back door can sag up to 3mm due to the weld/seam splitting near the bottom hinge so make sure you have a good look at the hinges and welds so you don’t have to go to the expense of getting a new door in some cases.
On closer inspection of the body, it was revealed that this vehicle had been involved in an accident which is evident by the L.H.F guard not being repaired and fitted correctly also parts missing from the inner wheel well as you can see below images.
Also, this vehicle is on the Written Off Vehicle Register – WOVR.
Important to remember before buying any used Toyota Prado is to always make sure you do a vehicle finance check. The PPSR report will also show information like written-off, stolen status and other important facts about the car. You can learn more by grabbing my free Street Smart Tool Kit. The tools and steps will help you with your DIY inspection. Also, if you want peace of mind before buying a used car get a pre-purchase car inspection.